Pick of the Clicks 10/25/2014

Happy Weekend, everyone. It’s raining in California this morning, and after MONTHS of drought – I could not be more grateful. So, in a very celebratory mood, here are this week’s pick of the clicks. Enjoy 🙂

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Caryn Rivadeneira knocked it out the park at Hermeneutics this week with her article School Prayer Doesn’t Need a Comeback. Caryn is all for school, and all for prayer, but she makes a really compelling case as to why theologically she is not joining the ranks of those rallying for school prayer to be reintroduced.

Micha Boyett’s piece Elders and Deacons and Me, written in the days before she is to be ordained as an elder, is a beautiful and worthy reflection (as most all of the essays at Deeper Story are – you should read some more while you’re over there.)

I forgot to post this last week – SUCH a fascinating, insightful and laugh-out-loud funny read from Patricia Marx at the New Yorker with Pets Allowed, in which she did some research about just how far she could go taking exotic pets out and about in New York by claiming they were necessary as “emotional support animals”…. 100% pure delight and distraction.

This, from the Business Insider: an Illustrated Guide to a PhD is just exactly right.

I loved this from D.L. Mayfield: When I go out, I want to out like Elijah – a gentle reflection on how some things have changed, and some have stayed just the same in her faith and calling over the years. I was first introduced to DL Mayfield last year some time when I started reading about ‘downward mobility’: that intentional choice to swim against the American-Dream-stream, and what life as a cultural salmon looks like for the sake of the Kingdom. She’s a fabulous writer, and she has an incredible story.

For fun this week: 27 Sure Signs You Grew Up Evangelical. Hahahaha. Even though I wasn’t an American church kid, this still rang true for me. Psalty the singing song book was my BFF.

Ed Cyzewski’s post You’re an Amazing Writer and I Hate You had such an amazingly clickable title I both admired and envied him for it. If you’ve ever done that – read this. So good.

I was over at the Laundry Moms this week for the first time with My Son’s Love Language is Mac ‘n Cheese. Did you see it?

Top of my blog this week: On being LGBT, Christian, and Coming Out.

And now, DRUM ROLL, the winner of this week’s giveaway: a copy of Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane’s new book Growing Up Social (Read the review here!) – Ricardo Almeida. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to Ricardo.

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Please also note that being listed in the Pick of the Clicks doesn’t mean a 100% endorsement of the views therein. Inclusion here means I thought it worthwhile and thought-provoking reading. 

 

Photo credit: Winter Rain by Yen Nguyen (Flickr Creative Commons)